Born on November 6th in the year 1969, Arch Colson Chipp Whitehead is an American novelist. Colson is the author of the seven novels and two non-fiction books which include, The Intuitionist (1999), John Henry Days (2001), The Colossus of New York (2003), Apex Hides the Hurt (2006), Sag Harbor (2009), Zone One (2011) a New York Times Bestseller, The Underground Railroad (2016), for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Colson again won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2020 for The Nickel Boys (2019).
Whitehead’s “The Intuitionist” was named the best first novel of the year by Esquire magazine. GQ called it one among the “novels of the millennium“.
Whitehead was praised by John Updike for The Intuitionist, Updike called him “ambitious,” “scintillating,” and “strikingly original,” adding, “The young African-American writer to watch may well be a thirty-one-year-old Harvard graduate with the vivid name of Colson Whitehead.”
Colson Whitehead Net Worth
Colson Whitehead primarily earns from his writing profession and according to sources and recent updates, Colson Whitehead has a net worth estimated at around $3 million. His wife Julie Barer also has a net worth of $800,000 for the year 2021.
Colson Whitehead Awards
The two-time Pulitzer-winner talks to John Dickerson about his writing process, a wide variety of interests, facing rejections, and “the space of very little hope” he found himself working in when he wrote, “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys“, on the 60 Minutes.
The number of writers who have won the Pulitzer Prize twice for fiction is small. It contains just four members and one of them is Colson Whitehead who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2017, for “The Underground Railroad” and last year for his novel, “The Nickel Boys,” about the Jim Crow south.
He has also written about elevator inspectors, zombie hunters, and the World Series of Poker and his next book is a heist novel.
John Updike, one of the members of the twice Pulitzer winning club said: “His writing does what writing should do. It refreshes our sense of the world.”
Colson Whitehead Early Life
Colson Whitehead is one of four children of successful entrepreneur parents who owned an executive recruiting firm. He was born in New York to his parents Arch and Mary Anne Whitehead. He grew up in Manhattan and attended the elite prep Trinity School and graduated from Harvard University in 1991. , and . During his time at the Voice he met Natasha Stovall, whom he married in 2000. Eventually, Colson divorced Natasha when he committed to write Poker series. From his first marriage he has a daughter named Madeline Whitehead,18.
He then married Julie Barer, a literary agent, and the couple together shares a son named Beckett,8.